Get the Skills to Become a Professional Natural Chef

Three Natural Chef students at Bauman College are smiling & laughing in the kitchen
Get the training you need to become highly skilled in culinary arts with a focus on nutrient-dense foods and sustainable practices through Bauman College’s Natural Chef Program

3 1/2-Month Natural Chef Program in Berkeley, CA

The Natural Chef Program at Bauman College offers a fresh take on the culinary arts by training students in the professional execution of nutrition-based restorative cooking. The hands-on approach emphasizes nutritious and restorative cooking techniques and recipes, beauty in presentation, and mastery of practical kitchen skills.

Students receive access to our recipe database so they can publish and share recipes, calculate nutrition information, create menus and shopping lists for clients, and connect with other culinary students and professionals alike. This network allows them to get feedback, collaborate with one another, and discuss industry best practices.

Putting Culinary Skills To Work

Students are required to complete 50 hours of culinary fieldwork in order to become certified natural chefs. This helps them build confidence while getting real-world, practical experience working in the culinary arts industry.

Externship hours are supervised and may include working in the following settings:

  • Private Kitchens
  • Restaurants
  • Catering Companies
  • Corporations
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Resorts, Hotels + Retreat Centers
  • Food Production Companies
  • And More! 

Each individual externship is approved by Bauman College staff to ensure the utmost quality and value, and students are provided with ongoing faculty support and guidance throughout this experience. Externships are an excellent way to hone in on culinary skills and techniques, foster relationships in the industry, and build future career opportunities.

I came into this program having a bachelor's in nutritional sciences and simply wanted to learn healthy cooking techniques and recipes. I learned a substantial amount about holistic nutrition and therapeutic cooking, and the dishes were creative and packed with flavor. I thought I knew so much about nutrition already, but Bauman College's Eating for Health® model really made me look at food and health differently. I would recommend this program to anyone passionate about health and looking to learn how to use whole foods as medicine through amazing dishes.
Giovanna G., Bauman College Graduate

Our curriculum is designed to provide students with a comprehensive, practical understanding of nutrition-based, restorative cooking. For a detailed description of the natural chef curriculum, please view our catalog.


Culinary Foundations

  • CF 101 Food Preparation
  • CF 102 Eating for Health in the Kitchen
  • CF 103 Culinary Techniques
  • CF 104 Baking
  • CF 105 International Flavors
  • Midterm Exam

Cooking for Your Client

  • CF 201 Personal Chef Logistics
  • CF 202 Dietary Foundations of Wellness
  • CF 203 Specialty Diets
  • CF 204 Partners in Wellness
  • Final Exam
  • CF 205 Culinary Showcase

Personal Chef Entrepreneurship

  • CF 301 Business Planning and Career Development
  • CF 302 Culinary Operations

Outside of Class 

  • Servsafe Online Training
  • In-House Culinary Hours
  • Homework
  • Culinary Externship

Advanced Business Training

The program includes an in-person business curriculum, which helps to facilitate channeling passion and knowledge into a strategy for personal success. From defining the target market and building a social media presence to starting your own business, the business curriculum prepares for career success.

The business curriculum includes:

  • Personal Branding + Social Media Strategy
  • The Marketing Funnel
  • Financial Sustainability
  • Writing a Business Plan

By learning business best practices, you will develop a solid foundation that prepares you to build professional career plans. You will feel confident and prepared for your career upon graduation. Join our growing industry and discover the rewarding, flexible career you’ve always wanted.

Is a Rewarding Career as a Natural Chef Right for You? Get More Information…

If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a natural chef and exploring whether this is the right path for you, fill out this form to receive more information.

A helpful Bauman College admissions representative will answer all of your questions, from program details to career opportunities, and will help you discover the best option for you.

For immediate questions, please call us at 1-800-987-7530.